PTSD, Anger and Flashbacks

PTSD, Anger and Flashbacks

Date of Advice:
July 2018
Date Posted:
April 2020

Rinpoche gave this advice to a student with PTSD who was experiencing strong anger and rage, as well as having flashbacks to the past and feeling startled by noise.

My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,
Thank you very much for your kind email. I am so sorry for the long delay in replying. I was very happy to hear from you.

I checked and maybe one thing you can do is some sort of light retreat, some meditation, and especially, read the Diamond Cutter Sutra. If you can, recite it seven thousand times in your life. Don’t worry about not finishing it—just do it slowly, slowly, and sometimes you can do more, when you have more time.

It’s most important to do this with bodhicitta, with the thought to benefit every single hell being, every single hungry ghost, every single animal, every single fish in the ocean, those small in size and those giant as a whale, every single fly, including those in the grass that run away when you walk there, and every single mosquito—to free all the beings in numberless universes in samsara from the oceans of samsaric suffering and for them to achieve enlightenment.

For that you need to achieve enlightenment and for that you need to realize emptiness, to directly realize emptiness. Therefore you need to practice the three higher trainings in order to cease all the delusions and karma, so in this way you can become free from samsara, from the oceans of samsaric sufferings, including the causes, forever.

No matter how difficult it is, try to do this. It is extremely worthwhile to try, even if you die when reading this sutra, it is this best. So far we have died numberless times in samsara while creating negative karma and being reborn in the lower realms.

If you can do Lama Chöpa Jorchö, that is very good, or if not then do Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and also you must do lamrim prayers.

I’m very happy you have informed me of your situation, because in the past, due to karma we have met, so we met again this lifetime.

Thank you very much. Thank you so much.

With much love and prayers ...